International Project Management Day




Project Closeout: More than Goodbye and Move On!

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Abstract
This two-item set provides a paper and presentation on how and why to implement project closeout activities -- even when no one really feels like doing it.


What this is

At the end of a tough project, most people aren't really interested in structured closeout activities. This paper and presentation explain why these activities are vitally important and how to resist the urge to simply chuck it all and move on to the next project.


Why it's useful

In theory we all know that closeout activities provide real value. In practice, particularly after a difficult project, most of us would rather just put it all behind us and get as far away as possible -- especially when there's so much work to do. This set provides guidance and suggestions for incorporating closeout management with a sense of purpose and a clear goal beyond "be done."


How to use it

The paper, Project Closeout Management, reviews the activities that should be part of closeout management, why those activities are so important, and factors in ineffective closeouts. It offers a new perspective of closeout as part of an organization's knowledge management system, and provides steps for improving on current closeout practices.

The presentation, More Than Just Goodbye and Move On!, provides a slide-show overview of the same information, for managers and PMOs who prefer to absorb the information in bullet points, and is a great supplement to reinforce the information in the paper.


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